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C# in a Nutshell by Peter Drayton, Ted Neward, Ben Albahari

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Compiler and Tool Support

In the .NET runtime, components are distinguished from classes by the presence of additional metadata and other apparatus that facilitates the use of the component forms packages such as Windows Forms and Web Forms. The FCL provides classes and attributes that support both the creation of components and the creation of tools that consume components. These classes also include the ability to generate and compile C#, JScript, and VB.NET source code.

For more information, see the following namespaces:

Microsoft.CSharp
Microsoft.JScript
Microsoft.VisualBasic
Microsoft.Vsa
System.CodeDom
System.CodeDom.Compiler
System.ComponentModel
System.ComponentModel.Design
System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization
System.Runtime.CompilerServices

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